The papal court was not, during the 14th century, a settled place. The pleasures of Avignon had drawn the popes away to France but periodic bouts of guilt drew first one and then another back to Rome full of good intentions to return. Urban V had brought the papacy back to Italy in 1367 and ever since he had arrived he had singularly failed to establish himself and his followers in a power base from which they could rule both the Papal States and the Church at large. The itinerary that follows shows the chaotic life Urban was leading and this was why in the end he found it impossible to stay in Italy.
From Registres et letters des papes du XIV siecle
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